Jonathan presents handover notes to Buhari *I’m not scared of Buhari – Okonjo-Iweala

Jonathan presents handover notes to Buhari *I’m not scared of Buhari – Okonjo-Iweala

Sabinews Evening News Update for May 28, 2015

Jonathan presents handover notes to Buhari

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday formally presented his hand over notes to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

The presentation was done inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, shortly after Jonathan conducted Buhari round the seat of power. Read more

I’m not scared of Buhari – Okonjo-Iweala

The outgoing Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday said she is not scared of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, probing her.

Responding to what she described as attack on her by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the minister in a statement said “there is no substance in the wild allegations that money is missing from the account or that finances of the country under her watch have not been well managed.” Read more

NDLEA refuses to vacate Kashamu’s home

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Thursday, beefed up its presence around the Lekki, Lagos residence of the embattled Senator-elect for Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu‎, despite its promise on Wednesday to obey the court order, ordering the agency to vacate the place.

A Federal High Court in Lagos had mandated the operatives of the agency to vacate Kashamu’s mansion on Oladipo Omotosho Street, Lagos. Another court judgment on Wednesday restrained the NDLEA and other security agencies in Nigeria from unlawfully arresting Kashamu ‎and extraditing him to the United States over drug-related offences. Read more

Court stops proposed tariff hike by electricity firms

A Federal High Court in Lagos has barred the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission from giving effect to its proposed increment in electricity tariff. Justice Mohammed Idris made the order on Thursday after a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, moved an ex parte application to that effect.

The Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, had, at a recent press conference in Abuja, disclosed the plan by the commission to implement an upward review of electricity tariff payable by Nigerians. Read more

Senate orders DPR to seal-off filling stations hoarding fuel 

Senate Joint Committee on Petroleum Resources ( Upstream and Downstream ), currently investigating the lingering fuel scarcity in the country, has directed the Department of Petroleum Resources to seal-off any filling station hoarding the product.

Chairman of the committee, Mr. Magnus Abe, told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that the long queues at filling stations across the country would soon disappear. Read more

Oshiomhole’s allegation of mismanagement ridiculous – Okonjo-Iweala

The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday said the economy under her watch has been well managed, contrary to allegations made by the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, that the minister has mismanaged the Excess Crude Account.

The governor, in an publication, reviewing the nation’s economy in the last four years, had alleged that Okonjo-Iweala ran the ECA as if she was running a one-man show. Read more

Falana raises the alarm over sacking of 290 soldiers

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), on Thursday raised the alarm over the sacking of a total of 290 soldiers by the Nigerian Army.

Falana said in a statement that ‎the letter of dismissal were distributed to the affected soldiers in Jos, Plateau State, and Ibadan, Oyo State, on Wednesday. Read more

Commission Promotes 72 Senior Officers

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has approved the promotion of 72 senior police officers.

A statement issued by Mr Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, on Thursday, said that the Commission gave the approval after its plenary meeting. Read more

Report: Western Women Who Join Islamic State Defy ‘Jihadi Bride’ Stereotype

Western women joining Islamic State are from comfortable backgrounds, well educated with romantic notions of adventure often quickly dispelled by the harshness of life as a “Jihadi bride.”

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London, disclosed this on Thursday. Read more

Obiano Pledges Increased Support For Farmers

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra on Thursday inaugurated the 2015 Farming Season in the state, promising to intensify support for farmers to ensure bountiful harvest.

Obiano, who declared the Farming Season open at Otuocha in the Anambra East Local Council Area, said his vision for agriculture would make the state self-sufficient in food. Read more

Consultant, 44, Docked For Allegedly Defrauding Accommodation Seeker Of N200,000

A 44-year-old security consultant, Olufemi Atiti, was on Thursday charged with defrauding an accommodation seeker of N200, 000 at a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Atiti of No 10, Akinwale Shittu St., Thomas Estate, Ajah, Lagos State, is facing charges of obtaining under false pretences and stealing. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Read more

Why We Revised Curriculum–NCCE

The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) on Thursday said that the commission had revised its curriculum to enhance the production of specialised teachers in all colleges of education.

NCCE’s Acting Executive Secretary, Dr Alex Meyanga, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the commission was moving away from the era of producing teachers in general subjects to that of specialised disciplines. Read more


There are more Nigerian professionals in Europe than in Nigeria – EU

The European Union (EU) says there are more Nigerian professionals in Europe than there are in Nigeria, warning that the development can be detrimental to the development of the country.

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Michel Arrion, disclosed this at a Conference on National Migration Policy Thematic Areas, organised by UN International Organisation for Migration in Abuja. Read more

Skye Bank appoints four Executive Directors 

The Board of Directors of Skye Bank Plc has announced the elevation and appointment of four new Executive Directors to The Board as part of the overall efforts to uphold the very high standards and tradition of professionalism which have become the bank’s driving force for service excellence and leadership.

The new Executive Directors are Mr. Bayo Sanni, Executive Director, Lagos Commercial Banking; Mr. Idris Yakubu, Executive Director, Abuja and Northern Region; Mrs. Markie Idowu, Executive Director, Technology and Service Delivery Channels; and Mrs. Abimbola Izu, Executive Director, Corporate services. Read more

Amosu advocates better funding for military

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has advised the government against starving the military of funds in the performance of its statutory responsibility of defending the country against emerging threats.

He also urged the government to develop the capabilities of the nation’s defence system and the protection of the interest of the citizenry within and outside the country. Amosu said this while presenting a book he authored titled ‘Combating Terrorism and Insurgency in Contemporary Times : The imperative of Air Power in Abuja on Wednesday night. Read more

46 Oshodi Hoodlums Arrested Again 

Officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit have arrested another 46 suspected hoodlums in Oshodi area of Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Last week, the taskforce arrested 34 suspects in the same suburb in the wake of the resurgence of activities of hoodlums in the area after the general elections. Read more

EFCC arraigns businessman over stolen crude oil  

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday arraigned one Elder Christopher Andrew Isibor before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on a 3-count charge bordering on conspiracy and illegal dealing in stolen crude oil.

The suspect was arraigned sequel to a petition by the Economic and Organized Crime Office, EOCO, Ghana alleging that the accused person is into piracy, stealing and money laundering alongside a Ghanaian marketer, Auxesia Energy Limited. Read more

[Full text] Jonathan’s speech at handover note presentation

I welcome you all to this occasion of the formal presentation of the Hand-over notes of my Administration to the in-coming Administration of the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.  Read more

Wike declares war on criminals

Ahead of his inauguration as the Chief Executive of Rivers State, the Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, has assured the people that his administration will declare war on criminals and restore security across the state.

Wike said the right environment would be created for the people of the state to engage in different businesses and also relax after work without fear of being molested by criminals. Read more

CCB, others seek public officers’ open asset declaration

The Code of Conduct Bureau has initiated the drafting of a bill that will enable the public to have access to asset declarations of the public officers.

Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, said at a ‘Roundtable on Access to Asset Declarations of Public Officers’ in Abuja on Thursday that the administration of asset declarations had not been effective in the country because of existing legal impediments to making such declarations open to the public. The event was co-organised by the CCB and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with supports from the European Union. Read more

Army arrests three Boko Haram bomb makers in Gombe

Three bomb makers have been arrested in Gombe, Director of Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, has said in a statement.  Read more

S.African president cleared in ‘swimming pool’ scandal

South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay any of the public money spent on upgrades to his private residence that included a swimming pool and chicken run, the police minister announced Thursday.

Finding that all the upgrades were for security purposes, Nkosinathi Nhleko told a news conference: “The state president is therefore not liable to pay for any of the security features.”  Read more

Uduaghan berates Delta’s accountant for disappearing before handover

Outgoing Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has described the disappearance of the Accountant-General of Delta State, Mr Cyril Agbele, six days to hand over to a new administration as done in bad faith.

The governor stated this on Thursday, when Permanent Secretaries and retired PS paid him a farewell visit at Government House, Asaba, the state capital. Read more

Osinbajo inspects Aso Rock office

The Vice-President elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, was on Thursday conducted round his new office and residential quarters at the Aguda House, Presidential Villa, Abuja, by Vice President Namadi Sambo.

Speaking shortly after the inspection, Sambo prayed for the success of the incoming administration, and pledged to support and cooperate with the vice President-elect. Read more

NPS confirms riot in Zaria prison

Nigerian Prisons Service confirms minor riot at Zaria Central Prison in Kaduna State, says situation is under control. Read more

NASU elects officers

Members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), FEPOFFA chapter, have been praised for displaying maturity during the union’s elections of new leaders.

Comrade Lawrence Okebiorun, representative of the National General Secretary, gave the commendation during the election. Read more

Kwankwaso opens college

The Amana College of Basic Science and Remedial Studies, Kunchi, Kano State began academic activities on Monday with 534 students, following its inauguration by Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.

The governor explained that the college was constructed to expand access to higher education to youths from Northern Kano, where such opportunity was hitherto lacking. Read more

ASUU hosts international conference

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will host an International Conference on the liberation of Western Sahara (Saharawi Democratic Republic) the last Colony on the African continent at the Yar Adua Conference Centre, Abuja, next week.

The three-day conference opening next Tuesday, is to draw the world’s attention to the continued colonial domination of the people of Western Sahara by Morocco as well as its Western Allies. Read more

Foundation offers Ilorin students scholarships

A non-government Organisation, Sola Idiagbon Jimmy (SIJ) Foundation, has given scholarships to over 300 primary and secondary school pupils in Kwara State.

Its President, Sola Idiagbon Jimi, who handed the scholarships to beneficiaries, described the gesture as his own way of giving back to the society. He said: “There is great potential in these children. Unfortunately, a lot are from poor homes whose parents are just struggling to put food on the table. We decided to do this from the little that God has blessed us with. This is just the beginning as we intend to make the scholarship scheme a continuing project.” Read more

I’m not scared of Buhari – Okonjo-Iweala

The outgoing Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on Thursday said she is not scared of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, probing her.

Responding to what she described as attack on her by Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the minister in a statement said “there is no substance in the wild allegations that money is missing from the account or that finances of the country under her watch have not been well managed.” Read more

‘Jonathan returns home without state visit to Bayelsa’

President Goodluck Jonathan will return to his state, Bayelsa, after handing over the reins of the nation’s leadership to the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday.

Jonathan is returning home amidst mixed feelings from his kinsmen over his performance throughout the period he occupied the nation’s highest political office. Read more

Buhari ‘s son spotted for the first time

The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan has changed the course of Nigeria’s political history for good.

He made the remark after President Jonathan handed over executive summary of the handover notes and a copy of the National Conference report to him. Read more

Students build News website

A group of eight students of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Technology; Communication and Information Technology and Engineering Technology, Federal Polytechnic, Offa (FEDPOFFA), has developed a website on past and current events on politics, sports, security, fashion, education, entertainment, nutrition, information technology, and history.

There are plans to also add a job search link to provide information on vacancies for applicants. Read more

Why I stepped on toes, by Chime

Outgoing Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, said he might have stepped on many toes in the course of his eight-year stay in office.

He said he did so to bring his vision of transformation for the state to fruition. Chime, who spoke at a valedictory thanksgiving Mass at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Enugu, on Sunday, said he was satisfied that the people of the state appreciated the positive changes his administration have brought to their lives. Read more

UN fears stigmatisation of rescued Boko Haram abductees

The United Nations voiced fears Thursday that rescued women and girls who became pregnant in Boko Haram captivity will face stigmatisation in conservative Nigerian communities, and that their babies could become “untouchable”.

“For those of them who have (become) pregnant as a result of rape, what are the options available to them?” asked Munir Safieldin, UN deputy humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria. Read more


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